Archive for the ‘beauty contest’ Category

Bicol’s Melody Gersbach is 2009 Binibining Pilipinas-International

March 7, 2009

Miss Bicolandia 2008 Melody Gersbach has been crowned Binibining Pilipinas (Bb.)-International in a recently concluded beauty pageant in Manila on Sunday, March 8, 2009. With her are winners Pamela Bianca Manalo and Marie-Ann Umali, awarded the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-World titles respectively in a field of 24 semi-finalists.

Ms. Gersbach is a 23-year old graduate of business management at the University of Asia and the Pacific. She works as the manager of a family-owned restaurant in Legazpi City. Pamela Manalo who won Best Swimsuit Award, is a 22 year old flight stewardess with a degree in Advertising in Assumption College in Manila. Besting the beauty candidates in the long gown competition, Marie-Ann Umali was chosen as Miss Photogenic. She is a native of Batangas City with a Tourism degree from College of St. Benilde.

The dazzling evening coronation was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Hosted by Paolo Bediones and Iza Calzado, the event was shown live in GMA channels all over the country. The first runner-up was 20-year UP graduate Richell Agalot (Miss Talent) followed by 26 year old Regina Hahn, the second runnerup. Gizelle Jasmin Rivamonte, a 23-year old Oncology nurse who works at the Veterans Hospital in Quezon City was voted Miss Friendship.(Photo Credits: http://www.marianrivera.co.nr/ Noli Berioso/ OPMB Wordwide) =0=

RELATED BLOGS: “From Dan Daz’ Lens: Miss Bicolandia 2008 Melody Gersbach” Posted by mesiamd at 10/04/2008; “Saro pang madahom na kandidata kan Miss Bicolandia 2008” Posted by mesiamd at 9/05/2008; “Miss Bicolandia 2008 Search is On!” Posted by mesiamd at 8/30/2008; “Mutya ng Ibalong: Are Daraguenas the fairest of them all?”
Posted by dusktildawn at 11/04/2008

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Miss World 2008

December 14, 2008

In a spectacular extravaganza in Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 58th Miss World title was won by Ksenya Sukhinova, besting 108 contestants on Saturday, December 13, 2008.

The 21 year old Russian blonde who wants to be a supermodel has in her court Parvathy Omankuttan, Miss India; Gabriellle Walcott, Miss Trinidad and Tobago; Brigite Santos, Miss Angola; and Tansey Coetzee, Miss South Africa as the finalists.
Photo Credit: AFP/ Paballo Thekiso)

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The young Bicolanas of Mutya ng Ibalong 2008

October 23, 2008

As I read Dusktildawn’s interesting post showing this year’s young Mutya ng Ibalong candidates, I can’t help but be happy seeing the energy and enthusiasm of the stylish ladies on stage.

As soft as the sunrays sending warmth and sheen to the trees, the ladies are refulgent to stir gladness in the heart.

Never losing to find ways to have a bit of fun, they join a community endeavor with showmanship, grace, and remarkable optimism. In spite of the looming presence of difficulties around us, I see in their smiling radiant faces the positive outlook that all of us need. Hope, amity, along with reliance in one’s potential, is what the next generation needs. My kudos to all the beautiful women of the pageant! (Photo Credit: MlJ555) =0=

Saro pang madahom na kandidata kan Miss Bicolandia 2008

September 4, 2008

Siempre kada taon, pirme nang gusto kan mga tawo an maka-hiling nin kagayonan na natutuparan sana sa Kabikolan. Sa pag-pugay sa sarong kandidata, uya siya. Marhay an huyom-huyom, halangkaw, may pulag ang tindog!

Dae ko maling’wan kan sadit pa ako. Sa UNC Sports Palace sa ciudad kan Naga an ralaban kayan. An mga ka-aki’an nasakat sa kudal, sa halangkaw na kahoy. Halos magaba an entablado kun an mga tawo nadaragsa para makahiling man kan mga tabay na maputi’on, pusod na hararom, ngirit na nakaka-akit.

Bago sa kapistahan ni Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia sa Septiembre 21, 2008, dia kan Misa de Gracia sa Basilica, siguradong may mapipili ng madahom na Miss Bicolandia 2008! Photo Credits: JerryLimLee & Bicol Mail =0=


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Miss Bicolandia 2008 Search is On!

August 30, 2008

The Penafrancia Fiesta heats up with the presentation of candidates for the Miss Bicolandia 2008, the traditional search which highlights the famed annual festival of the Bicol region. On August 23, 2008, 20 hopeful candidates from different cities and provinces have been chosen from in an exciting poolside selection held at the Naga City Civic Center. In a dazzling evening pageant-competition, the winner will be crowned at the UNC Sports Palace on September 17, 2008.

According to Bicol Mail, a leading newspaper of the region, the young beautiful ladies vying for Miss Bicolandia 2008 are: Norify Kristal, Alexandra Raro, Mae Liezel Ramos, and Suserain Algura from Naga City; Alexis Joyce Beldon, Kelly Obligacion, and Amanda Powell from Legazpi City; Melody Adelheid Gersbach and Irene Loterena from Daraga, Albay; Katrina Villanueva (Cabusao), Ariane Natalie Lim (Canaman), Glaiza Reveza (San Fernando), Cherry Rose Juico (Caramoan), and Jean Babor (Baao), all of Camarines Sur; Margie Perena of San Andres, Catanduanes; Maricel Manzano of Masbate City; Honeyly Maninang of Iriga City; and Krystel Joy de los Santos, Ma. Farah Lopez, and Ma. Czarina Paita, all of Camarines Norte. Bicol Mail (08/30/08) (PhotoCredits: JerryLimLee)

Miss Sister 2008 courts one of Christianity’s deadliest sins?

August 26, 2008

Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who write this, and you who read this.”-Blaise Pascal

Like the movie Sister Act, it’s an amusing tale that comes with the shaking of the head and a smile. As we get serious about organizing beauty contests for nuns, Fr. Antonio Rungi’s idea of an “inner” beauty derby for nuns seems very secular, even raunchy, especially if Christians consider vanity, along with pride, as one of humanity’s deadliest sins.

Fr. Rungi, a theologian and school teacher in Naples, Italy, believes nuns need a boost in visibility and an online voting contest may be the answer.

The “Miss Sister 2008” contest will start in September on a blog run by the Rev. Antonio Rungi and will give nuns from around the world a chance to showcase their work and their image….Nuns will fill out a profile including information about their life and vocation as well as a photograph.

We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits,” Rungi said. “But being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is gift from God, and we mustn’t hide it.” AP (O8/25/08)

The controversial beauty contest gets mixed reactions. There are those who ask if there’s really a need to improve a nun’s visibility and if it needs a competition to do that. The liberals think the “pageant,” a part of modern life, is just fine, but some suspect it can can lead to a non-religious a business franchise like the Miss Universe contest.

Evil-conscious Christians fear the derby is Satan’s way of wagging its tail into the nunnery’s door. The beauty competition can become a butt of jokes and a topic of wild speculations. Another thinks beauty contests among the religious can be “habit-forming” and may be addicting.

“It’s an initiative that belittles the role of nuns who have dedicated themselves to God,” says president of Association of Catholic Teachers, Alberto Giannino, told Italy’s ANSA news agency on Sunday. AP (08/42/08)

The line separating propriety and vulgarity is thin. Whatever goes on in the minds of Catholics, Fr. Rungi might be subliminally touched by secularism, making him a bit cozy with the world. With Vatican’s traditionally conservative stance many wonder what the late Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI think of his idea. (PhotoCredits: Lovemetwee;Bsidez)=0=

Update: Facing strong pressure from the clergy and lay people against the nun beauty contest, on August 28, 2008, Fr. Rungi decided to stop the plan. Interested in projecting the inner beauty of nuns, he said he didn’t mean to have the nuns do a catwalk, like in a physical beauty pageant. He claimed he was misunderstood. =0=